Will Joel Embiid & Trae Young Play Tonight? Philadelphia 76ers vs Atlanta Hawks Game 5: Prediction, Injuries & Lineups

Published 06/16/2021, 11:13 PM EDT
Jun 8, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) shoots the ball past Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela (15) during the third quarter in game two of the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports


The Philadelphia 76ers host the Atlanta Hawks for game 5 of the second round series. This game is scheduled for tonight at 7:30 PM EST and will be held in Wells Fargo Center.

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After losing game 1 against the Hawks, the 76ers made a resounding comeback winning two games in a row. Leading 2-1 in the series, the 76ers were finally looking like they were in cruise control against the Hawks. But in game 4, the 76ers had a night to forget.

Leading the game by 13 points, Philly had an amazing lead and were about to lead the series 3-1. But in the second half, Philly had choked. Their talismanic center Joel Embiid shot 12 shots and did not make a single one of them. With the 76ers faltering in the offensive end, the Hawks came back and won the game 103-100. Will the 76ers make a comeback and lead the series once again?

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The Atlanta Hawks meanwhile had to win this game. Down 2-1, if the Hawks would have lost this game, it would have meant a 3-1 lead for the 76ers. Despite being 13 points down, the Hawks were never out of the game.

With the  76ers offense misfiring, the Hawks certainly took all the advantage and rallied a comeback. While Trae Young had an off night in terms of shooting, ‘Ice Trae’ had 18 assists a career-high in the playoffs and certainly led his team to easy buckets. Can the Hawks take advantage of 76ers’ injury woes?

Predictions

While the 76ers might be seeing their superstar Joel Embiid struggling through injuries, they have a far superior supporting cast and have shown that they can have enough defensive stops against the Hawks. If players like Tobias Harris and Seth Curry shoot more shots, the 76ers will be victorious against the Hawks.

Philadelphia 76ers injury updates and lineup prediction

The 76ers have some major injury concerns ahead of game 5 against the Hawks. Starting forward Danny Green is out with a calf injury while talismanic center Joel Embiid is questionable with a knee injury. Given how Embiid underperformed, the 76ers will hope that the Cameroonian can step up.

May 29, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) celebrates with 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) against the Washington Wizards in the third quarter during game three in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Probable Lineup

Ben Simmons (G)

Seth Curry (G)

Matisse Thybulle (F)

Tobias Harris (F)

Joel Embiid (C)

Atlanta Hawks injury updates and lineup prediction

The Hawks will be missing three key players against the 76ers in game 5. Cam Reddish is sidelined with an Achilles injury while guard Brandon Goodwin is out indefinitely due to illness. De’Andre Hunter is out for the playoffs with a knee injury and Trae Young is probable with shoulder injury.

Jun 8, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) argues a call with referee Ken Mauer (41) during the first quarter in game two of the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Probable Lineup

Trae Young (G)

Bogdan Bogdanovic (G)

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DeAndre Hunter (F)

John Collins (F)

Clint Capela (C)

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Who will win between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Atlanta Hawks? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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